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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sweet Details









I found a few of the sweetest pieces of linen and china on my weekend fleamarket outing, and I always enjoy inspecting the minute details. 









Pastels are the theme of the day. It's a bit unusual to find shabby chic colors before someone else has snapped them up, so I feel pretty lucky.











Nothing cheerier than a jumble of floral china all mixed together.





This sweetly embroidered linen is a dresser cloth in perfect condition. I'm often asked about how I whiten linens, but the best trick is just to find them that way! This one came already ironed! (I really have no special tricks BTW!)









The little pitchers can be for gifts or for holding pretty spoons or flowers. I have seen the most darling displays lately with them all grouped together.




This runner would be lovely for a bedside table.





This sample is a large huck towel. I think the little ones are pretty, but a bigger one can actually be put to good use!









I have no idea of the origin of this orphaned teacup. It just begged to be taken home, please. . . .





I am always charmed at the originality and practicality of vintage linens. This one has been finished off in a pink thread after the white one ran out! If you scroll up again to the previous example you will see that a single blue flower has been stitiched in with all the rest to wonderful effect. We are left to wonder whether it is by design, serendipity, or mere necessity. Delightful, either way. . . .




Nothing left but to enjoy the sweet details. . . .

























 Have a great week!

Jacqueline





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29 comments:

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Oh you are making me want to stitch all the more!!! I used to embroider with my Mom as a girl and have been longing to return to this art of sewing. I bought all my supplies back in November and well they still sit, untouched. It has been so warm that I couldn't help but to be outdoors. Now winter has finally come, so I can begin stitching. I know how to embroider just like your beautiful linen finds here. That lil cup would be calling me too. Adorably sweet. xxo

Donna Heber said...

Gorgeous! So many lovely items.

Pat Cantwell said...

Jacqueline,
Gorgeous vintage linens,dear friend!!! I adore how you've group the delicate china cups and pitchers alongside!
My beloved Mother~in~law once gave me a tea cloth that was finished off with non~matching hues. When I questioned the difference on one side, her explaination was that when one ran out of the given color, you simply "used what you had" to complete or finish off the piece. It was considered a bad omen to leave the piece unfinished and begin another . . .good rule of thumb, I'd say.
Being the "unique" individual that I am...I agree, that it gives these delicate pieces more personality!!! Each one is still beautifully exquisite in my thinking!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Amy at love made my home said...

I love the linens, they are so pretty! xx

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Such shabby sweet finds!!! Not only do the pottery pieces have lovely floral designs~~~but look at those handles, soooo pretty! Like you, I recently found a very nice dresser scarf in soft pastels...it's ready to go, a lovely happenstance. I like the insight that Pat Cantwell provided.
Best~~~Mickie

Custom Comforts said...

What lovely linens. They are each so precious and make you wonder what it was like to live in an era where they were the norm. Must have been a much sweeter way of live.
Love all the French knots. These will look lovely in your shop.
Cindy

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Just catching up on your last few posts that I've missed Jacqueline. It's been so hoooooot here,I haven't felt much like blogging,but today has cooled a little so I'm catching up. I wasn't aware you were moving shop. This one looks a lot bigger and sooooo pretty. Looking forward to more. xx

Rosemary and Thyme said...

So lovely and serene.

Pondside said...

I love all the handiwork that went into everyday items. I can imagine that a young girl worked on the towels and was told 'no, you can't have another skein of floss - use up the bits you have.'
Thus the blue.....and the pink!

June said...

These are just the kind a details that make a cottage! I think of them as little exclamation points!
Beautiful Beautiful!
I'm so excited for you about your new shop. It will be so awesome.
hugs...

Vintage Gal said...

Such beautiful treasures. I love linens and china with the sweet little patterns on them in the perfect colors ~ thank you for the smile ~ sigh ~

Pamela Gordon said...

Lovely photos of your pretties. I didn't know that the towels are called huck cloth. I have several that I use as runners and some have sweet crochet edging. They are a favourite of mine and were all from family members. The pretty embroidery details are sweet. I hope you have a nice week!

chateau chic said...

There's nothing prettier than soft pastels. The lovely linens and china are so delicate. Simply beautiful, Jacqueline!
Mary Alice

The Tablescaper said...

so soft and lovely.

- The Tablescaper

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Absolutely gorgeous finds - you sure have a talented eye for finding the greatest treasures.....so romantic and lovely they are, indeed!!

From the Old InkWell said...

Sweet pastel treasures! Love the little cup with the blue trim.

Haworth said...

What sweet finds, Jacqueline. I cannot resist orphaned teacups and sometimes use them to hold rings or as a cup for guests in the powder room. And the pitchers you found are lovely, too, and have so many uses! I do love huck toweling... that random little blue 'forget-me-not' on the one you found is so dear! I'm lucky to have a few towels like that and I use them all the time. One day they will simply be too frail but until then, why not enjoy them? (By the way, a sweet use for a table runner is as a valance... have you ever done that?) Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

Fågel Blå said...

This is so beautiful,
I love this cup and plates,
aqnd the roses in it!
Lovely photos
Whish you a nice week
Kathrine

Jeanie said...

Oh, those embroidery details are exquisite! What a wonderful find at the market. It looks like spring!

SizzleandZoom said...

You are the best at showcasing your flea market finds. These are lovely. These are are so scarce where I shop.

Betty W said...

The china you found looks so pretty and goes perfect with the linen.

Bella said...

Hi J,
It looks like you found some fun last weekend! Pretty pretty new linens.... I always love French-Knots, so charming!! and little floral pitchers are always on the top of my radar desires:-) Lovely finds!
Happy New Week....
Hugs,
B

RoseMarie said...

How beautiful! All details leading soul! Greetings, Rose Marie

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such sweetness - and perfect for Valentine's displays! You really found some darling treasures. The little cup is so charming and the tea towels are wonderful. I love old embroideries - so inspirational for recreating. Can't wait to see how you display these little lovelies. Hugs xo Karen

Jaybird said...

Beautiful, beautiful....of course I especially love the pitchers...and then the linens. I smiled when I read your comment to only get linens in nice condition....I don't think I have ever bought any linens...either they FIND me, or I inherited them. Either way, by the time they show up they need a bath. I bought some vintage linen soak over the weekend, so I have high hopes. Some of my linens came from my grandmother's (plural) hope chests, (pre 1900) so they really need a bit of attention. It's fun doing them up and thinking about their amazing lifetimes.
Blessings to you,
J
PS: the Rosepoint has made the first leg of her journey......

A Bit of Colour said...

I stopped by from "Common Ground." I saw the pics of the linens to which I have a total weakness of. Your linens are absolutely beautiful!!! The china pieces are a wonderful find! Be still my heart!

juddith said...

I think I remember a store in Berkeley in the 70s (?) that was call cabins and cottages...or the reverse. I used to wander through and see everything, and wish I lived in the store.

I like your writing style and your perspectives on life's issues. great site. my husband was born in santa fe in 1935...we still love nm. the light and the sun! judy rael

Deborah Montgomery said...

what lovely finds. I love to think about the people who sat and stitched so long ago, what their hopes and dreams were. These are in beautiful condition. And I think people thought to "use up or make do" which gives them real personality.

The Charm of Home said...

Great finds. I love that gravy boat. I found one a few weeks ago that was similar. Happy Valentine's Day.
Sherry

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